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Kenwood DM710 APRS Setup Recommendations for VK

 

 

NORMAL APRS OPERATIONS:
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BAND-B:  Use this band for your voice operations.  Use it on 2m, 440
or even receiving on 1296 FM and many other commercial bands.

CALL CHANNEL:  Save 146.500 MHz voice simplex in your CALL CHANNEL.  
This is important for making QUICK mobile QSO's... The D710 even 
has different CALL channels on the A and B side.

BAND-A:  Set for APRS on 145.175, 1200 baud, TNC on band A.  Set path 
to WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1 in most areas, never more hops without serious 
thought.  LEAVE THE VOLUME UP.  You will control what you hear on 
the APRS channel by what APRS "channel" you have selected.  This lets
the APRS channel be used for data and Voice Alert.

Set band A CTCSS to 100 Hz for Voice Alert with volume up.  Save
in memory 0 or wherever.  Be sure to set Band A squelch way up so 
that the BUSY indication goes out between packets or your rig will 
never transmit APRS.  The tightness has no affect on APRS, but if 
it opens and BUSY shows, the radio will never transmit packet.

SET MENU RADIO-DISPLAY-KEY_FUNCTION-MODE 3  Without this, the
radio is practically useless for APRS, because you have to
push-and-hold-1-sec even to access any APRS front panel keys.
Without this, APRS is just too hard to operate for display of
information and becomes just another one-way tracker.

SET MENU RADIO-MEMORY-AUTO_PM_STORE OFF.  Without this, you can not
save your favorite configurations in any of the PM's and have any
hope that they will remain uncorrupted during operation.  The default
is ON, which means that every time you use the radio, it will auto-
matically save (overwrite) your favorite settings with whatever
you were last doing with the radio.  This is bad.  Leave it OFF.
That way once you have the radio configured and saved in a PM, then
you can always go back to that by selecting that PM.

So, now SAVE your APRS configuration in a PM. while the band A
channel is the one with 145.175 and CTCSS 100 for voice alert.

MEMORIES:  Store this APRS/Voice Alert channel with CTCSS 100 in 
memory, say memory 0.  Label it as "APRS VA".  Now turn CTCSS OFF 
and run this open squelch. Save this in say memory 1 with the
channel name of "APRS raw".  Now turn CTCSS ON again, and program it
with CTCSS xxx (your private CTCSS).  Save this in channel 2 for 
example and name it "APRSmute".  With these 3 channels then you 
can easily configure APRS on the fly:

Ch1  "APRS VA " 145.175 Voice Alert, CTCSS 100 for normal operations
Ch2  "APRS raw" 145.175 no tone squelch - for troubleshooting
Ch3  "APRSmute" 145.175 CTCSS 123  - for completely QUIET operation             

The real purpose of channel 3 is if you go to a club meeting or 
hamfest and there are so many voice alert operators that the noise
is bothering you.  DO NOT TURN DOWN SIDE "A" VOLUME!  Instead, set
channel 3 and you will not hear anything.  THe reason for this is
that if you ever turn the volume down, you will forget and it 
might be weeks or months before you realise it and in the mean 
time you were out of voice Contact capability.

If you want, you can also use channel 3 for private calls from 
trusted agents who know your private CTCSS, but then you lose out
on all the Voice Alert activity.  But remember to SAVE your config
in a PM and with the channel A set to the APRS Voice Alert channel
so that every time you start the car, you ARE on Voice Alert.

You can also set in a few digital channels for local DX clusters if
you like using your D7 or D700 for monitoring them.  Then you can 
QSY at any time to a DXcluster frequency and receive DX spots too.

APRS BUTTONS:  Change the MENU RADIO-DISPLAY-KEY_FUNCTION to MODE3.  
This puts the front panel buttons into APRS function so you can 
quickly hit the LIST or MSG or BCON buttons.

VOICE ALERT:  This was why you left band A volume up but set CTCSS 
100 to mute the speaker.   This way, you don't hear any packets, but 
ANYONE can call you with VOICE on 145.175 to alert you by using 
PL 100.  This allows anyone, anywhere, anytime (they are in simplex 
range of you) to call you by voice with PL100, because they KNOW you 
are listening on the APRS channel with CTCSS 100!

PROXIMITY RADAR:  A corrolary advantage of the Voice Alert Setting is 
that the speaker is 100% muted for all packets... EXCEPT simplex 
range packets from another Voice Alert D700 that is very close to 
you.  His once a minute packets will act like a radar-ping, alerting 
you to his presence and the fact that he is also monitoring voice 
alert for a simplex QSO.
  
You may go weeks without hearing anyone (simplex packet range is 
only 5 miles or so), but it is fun when someone comes in range.  
APRS is about *facilitating-communications*.  With Voice Alert, you
will never "pass-in-the-night" without knowing that someone is nearby, 
in simplex range of you that can ALWAYS be contacted with a voice 
call...  Its like a free radar for other mobile APRS operators that 
are in simplex range AND listening.

DIGIPEATING:  We do not want most mobiles to digipeat most of the time.
But we do want to be able to use them when needed.  This involves what
we call TEMPn-N digipeating.  See the special web page all about D700 
digipeater settings:

http://aprs.org/TEMPn-N.html

But basically it means:

1) Set UIDIGI to nothing! (we do NOT want you to be a generic digi!)
2) Set DIGIPEATER to ON   (so we can at least digi via your callsign
2) Set UIFLOOD to nothing (so it is not used
3) Set UITRACE to TEMP so that your radio always supports TEMPn-N 


KEYBOARD TEXT MESSAGING:
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John Hansen has built an external interface box that allows the use 
of any PS-2 style keyboard as a message text entry device for the 
D700.  It just plugs into the D700 mic jack and lets you send 
messages at normal typing speed. 
See http://www.coastalchip.com/Kenkey.htm


TRAFFIC REPORTING:
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See also http://aprs.org/D7xx/d700-objects.txt

This feature allows you to place TRAFFIC objects on the APRS system
to alert other drivers of traffic problems, slowdowns and or other
incidents with only two button presses.  This works by changing
your MYCALL temporarily to TRAFFC (or other OBJECT name) and then
sending a few packets to put it on the map.  You put this cofig-
uration in one of the radio's Program Memories (PM5) as follows:

MYCALL:      TRAFFC-4    <use random SSID or match your last letter
XMIT:        MANUAL      <to only report the object ONCE or so
STATUS TXT:  BACKUP/SLOWDOWN/INCIDENT(APR)   <your SUFFIX on the end)
PATH:        WIDE2-2     <keep the OBJECT local
ICON:        STAR        <big & eye catching. (use Triangle on D7).
BAND-B:      146.500      <to hear other locals in the same mess
Voice Alert: OFF         <in otherwords, do NOT set CTCSS 100
 
By setting XMIT to Manual, you wont keep transmitting TRAFFC objects
if you forget to switch back to your other PM...  But you do need to
push BCON a few times until you are sure that your packet got 
digipeated a few times so that others can see it.

Voice Alert is OFF, so that you will HEAR packets and be reminded that
you are in PM5!  Not only is  Band B programmed with 146.500 for ease 
of communicating direct with others in the same traffic mess, but you
can also then use this PM5 as a quick QSY for "50" at any time.  Thus 
you get triple use out of this Program Memory PM5:

1) One button traffic reporting (push BCON button to actually XMIT it)
2) Quick QSY for 146.50 operations (its also in your band A CALL ch)
3) Quick ctcss disable on 145.175 if I want to listen to APRS channel
4) Possible temporary DIM setting while you get out of the car


SATELLITE TRACKING:
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SATELITE TRACKING:  If someone in your area is running an APRSdata
server, on your front panel, you will see an alert for any FM
satellites that come into view.  These alerts are transmitted on
145.175 to all Kenwood Mobiles.  They are also captured into your
station list as satellite objects showing you the Frequency,
Doppler Azimuth and distance to the bird.  If your radio has been
on for at least 10 minutes, it will also capture a schedule of all
satellite passes for the next 80 minutes into your DX LIST.

For more info see http://aprs.org/astars.html .

ISS:   ISS with the new Kenwood on board (2004) uses similar path
aliases of ARISS, WIDE, APRSAT also and requires Transmitting and
receiving on 145.825 MHz.  It should also digipeat on WIDEn-N so
that you do not have to change anything from normal operating except
the operating channel to work it.  When operating cia the ISS or
any APRS satellite it is a good idea to add the wildcard "*" to your 
MSG GROUPS so that you can see all of the messages between other 
users.  But dont forget to remove the wild card for normal use or 
your message list will fill up fast on 145.175

SUNSAT, SAPPHIRE, ANDE, RAFT:  These sateliltes also supported APRS
digipeating but are all now inoperative or have de-orbited.

GO-32:  NOT OPERATIONAL AT THIS TIME (June 2010)
This satellite needs a separate PM because it needs to have
Transmit Data on Band A 145.93 and RX data on Band B on 435.225 +/-
10 KHz fof DOppler and APRS baud rate set to 9600.  It also needs to 
have its own VIA PATH of VIA 4XTECH.  Also, it is a good idea to add 
the wildcard "*" to your MSG GROUPS so that you can see some of the 
messages from GO-32 or other users.  See the GO-32 web page:
http://aprs.org/GO32-ops.html

AO-51, ECHO:  This FM voice satellite also has a 9600 baud digi-
peater like GO-32 in addition to its more common use as an FM voice
repeater satellite.  It uses the same Band configuration 
as the GO-32 settings so just program a memory channel on band A for
transmit on 145.975 and band-B for receive on 435.150 +/- 10 KHz of
Doppler using the same PM as for GO32.  Do NOT beacon any packet via 
teh voice repeater of AO-51, only via its digital channel.

AO-27:  This FM *voice* satellite is only on during the day but it
is the same as AO-51 though a little weaker on the downlink.  Put
the band-A uplink in a memory channel as 145.85 and the downlink
in band-B on 436.800 +/- 10 KHz of Doppler again, using the same PM 
as for UO-22.  Do not use any packet via AO-27, it is for voice only.

UHF DOWNLINKS:  The frequencies for all the satellites with 
downlinks on UHF are listed above as the center frequency.  You will 
have to tune 10 KHz higher at the start of the pass.  This will shift 
down by 5 KHz 4 times during the pass, so if you use memories, you 
will have to program in several in sesquence to follow the doppler.

In summary I would do it this way:

PM-off - Normal operations with 145.175 in a memory on band A for
         terrestrial operations with CTCSS 100.  Then change channel 
         memory to 145.825 to operate PCSAT (No CTCSS).  Band B is 
         available for all other mobile operations.  Also operate
         Sapphire by only changing your channel freqeuncy and path.

PM1    - ISS operations with 145.825 in a memory on Band A.  You 
         can still use Band B for all normal mobile operations.

PM2    - Satellite operations with band-A memories holding the
         uplinks for UO-22 (packet), UO-14, and AO-27 and Sapphire.  
         Band-B memories hold the downlinks.  Actually, each satelite 
         will probably need 5 memories (+10, +5, +0, -5 and -10 KHz).

PM3, PM4,Available for your other applications or object names.

PM5    - Available for 52 and APRS object reporting...

Just some thoughts...

from WB4APR, adapted for VK by VK4MDX
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